Theme Thursday – Droid Genesis

Theme Thursday – Droid Genesis

Aug 4, 2011

It’s hard to beat a classic layout and structure, and there’s just something I like about having large, colorful icons with rounded corners splashed across the screen. Droid Genesis, this week’s Theme Thursday, features just that.

Now, the great thing about ADW Launcher is that you have the luxury to pick and choose every aspect of your user interface. Take these icons, for example. You might want to use them across your phone, but completely ditch the wallpapers. No problem! Maybe you just want to assign some of the icons and blend in another icon set? Again, with ADW Launcher, the world is your oyster. The home screen replacement utility allows you to completely customize the look of your Android device. It’s a lot of fun to play with.

There’s not a whole lot to this theme, aside from the fact that it features 300 attractive icons, a few “spacey” wallpapers and seems reminiscent of iOS. It’s a very subtle theme, but that may be all some people are after. If you’re among the group of people out there who don’t care for the default Android icons and simply want something different that’s not too over-the-top, this theme’s for you.

One of the best things about this theme is that it isn’t restricted to just ADW Launcher. Droid Genesis is compatible with Go Launcher EX and Launcher Pro. This means you can use 3 different launchers and still maintain the same look without downloading 3 different versions of the same theme. It’s a good idea to support multiple launchers, and this isn’t the first theme I’ve seen that does it.

Droid Genesis is available on the Android Market for US$0.99. The author also accepts icon requests, so if you notice a custom icon for your favorite app isn’t included, be sure to contact the developer.

Theme Thursday – Hand Carved

Theme Thursday – Hand Carved

Apr 21, 2011

Well, it’s time for another Theme Thursday where, once a week, I go trolling the Android Market for themes that are compatible with ADW Launcher. For those unfamiliar, ADW Launcher is a highly customizable home replacement for Android devices.

Last week, we looked at a theme called Minimalist, which I liked because of how clean and simple it was. This week, the theme I wanted to highlight is called Hand Carved by Dan Josiah.

Hand Carved is a really fun theme that applies a neat wooden texture to the look of your device. Featuring several custom backgrounds (which you can access through the wallpaper menu) and a custom icon set, it’s a look that’s sure to appeal to those who are looking for something with a little more warmth and feeling.

The icons are the real stars of the show, here. If you take a look at the screenshot, you’ll notice that they each appear to be carved out of the wooden background. Some have touches of color in them while they all appear to be slightly transparent, allowing the wood grain to show through and complete the effect.

Most of your device’s basic functions and pre-loaded apps are represented, with icons for the dialer, text messenger, contacts, GMail, Maps and YouTube. You’ll also find icons for Facebook, Twitter, Pandora and more.

The only problem I have with the icons is that you don’t seem to have access to all of them. For example, if you wanted to use the custom browser icon on a folder, it’s not available. You only get access to a small number of generic icons.

Despite this small issue, I really like Hand Carved. I think it’s a very unique theme that is sure to get plenty of attention from anyone who sees it in action. Follow this link for more information on how to install it to your device.